Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

Kombucha Thrives in 2017; Future Looks Bright

Popular kombucha, the probiotic-rich, fermented tea drink with a fizzy vinegary tang, has continued strong growth in 2017, in line with Euromonitor International’s prediction of $656.7 million in U.S. sales by 2019. That’s almost double what refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages earned for the year ending Oct. 2, 2016—$375.4 million, according to SPINS, which...

Boba Continues to Grow and Evolve

Boba is more than a quarter century old and its position as a worldwide tea phenomenon is well and truly cemented. Yet the year 2017 saw the popularity of the tea-based, fruity milk drink explode—particularly in the West—with dedicated boba stores reporting booming business in cities  large and small. Originally a staple of the...

24 Million Ways to Make a Cuppa

If you thought you instinctively knew how to make a perfect cup of tea, think again. Experts in the U.K. have discovered there are more than 24 million different ways to make a cup of tea and while most of us might think we’ve nailed it, our friends and co-workers probably won’t agree. Only...

Shark Tank Investors ‘Wake the F**k Up’ for Snarky Tea

Wake the F**k Up! That got your attention. Another attention-getter is Snarky Tea “Chief Snark Officer” Jenni-Lyn Williams, who recently accepted $150,000 from Shark Tank’s Bethenny Frankel and Kevin O’Leary for a 25 percent equity in her company following her Nov. 5 appearance on the popular ABC TV show. The fledgling company sells a...

From East to West: Green Tea Gains Ground

In Asia, the color green represents positivity, fertility and happiness—all appropriate adjectives to describe the current state of the global green tea market. According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, growth is predicted across the board over the next few years for this segment of the tea market. As green tea gains...

Scottish Tea Growers Head to Japan

Representatives from Tea Gardens of Scotland head east this month to exhibit and present at the Kyoto Infused with Tea Expo in Japan. Catherine Drummond-Herdman, one of the nine Scottish tea planters who make up the Tea Gardens of Scotland, will speak at the expo about her own unique tea-growing venture in a presentation...

Lipton Launches Organic Black Tea

A decade after the British tea company became the first to commit to sourcing all of its tea in a sustainable manner, Unilever-owned Lipton has announced its first organic line of black tea. The Rainforest Alliance Certified black tea leaves, sourced from the Kenyan Highlands, adhere to USDA Organic standards. “We’re thrilled to bring...

Yumchaa’s Blue Voodoo Magic is Healthy Tea with a Twist

Move over green tea, there’s a new healthy blend in town and its name is blue. Yumchaa’s Blue Voodoo Magic—touted for its healthy immune-system-boosting ingredients such as goji berries, lemongrass, pomegranate flowers, and curiously, green tea—has proven so popular that the London-based online retailer and café chain has sold out just weeks after the...

Yorkshire Tea is Second in the U.K.

For centuries, Yorkshire has been famous for its regional breweries, quenching the thirst of the most discerning British beer buff to this day. But lately this northern English county has achieved international fame for a different kind of brew. With its locally blended Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate recently surpassed Tetley (originally a Yorkshire...

Kickstarter Product Makes Matcha Possible on the Go

A brand-new design from startup Pret-A-Matcha is the new must-have for matcha tea lovers. The innovative patent-pending bottle incorporates all the traditional matcha-making tools (sieve, spoon, whisk and a compartment to store 2 ounces of matcha powder) for matcha-on-the-go. The double-walled stainless-steel bottle comes in three colors—black, white and green—and costs $60, one-third less...